Recovery Testing

This is an automated service where we will periodically restore data to a secure hosted facility located in the same geographical region as where the backup data is stored.

Choose to run Recovery Testing restore every 14 or 30 days and with each restore, a virtual machine is automatically created. Once the Virtual Machine has been created, we will boot it and create a screenshot to check that the Virtual Machine is bootable, then send this screenshot to the N-central Backup Dashboard so that users can check it.

The virtual machines that are created as part of Recovery Testing are purged once the restore is completed and the screenshot taken.

Operating System

Recovery Testing is available on Windows operating systems only (servers and workstations).

Recovery Testing does not support 32-bit architecture


The following requirements are a must:

  • The following must be backed up:

    • The full System State of the device.

    • The whole system disk – C:\ or another disk that has your operating system and that the OS boots from (the Files and Folders data source).

  • Navigate to the N-central Backup Dashboard.

  • Be within the geographic regions of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.

  • The devices passphrase will be detected automatically.


A dedicated Recovery Testing Dashboard can be found in the N-central Backup Dashboard for better monitoring services.


  • Only devices with Backup Manager version 17.4 and above are supported for Recovery Testing

  • There is a size restriction of <= 2 TB selected size per device

  • Recovery Testing restores only System State, Files and Folders, and MS SQL

  • Recovery Testing is not available for devices with disabled ‘Virtual disaster recovery’ feature in the assigned product

  • Recovery Testing does not support 32-bit architecture.

  • When restoring to Hyper-V VHDX, there is a virtual hard disk maximum capacity of 64 TB per disk

  • When restoring to Hyper-V VHD, there is a virtual hard disk maximum capacity of 2040 GB per disk